Thanksgiving Day is a natural time for many Americans to pause, and reflect on all of the things they have in their lives to ‘smile about’ (i.e., be grateful for). As I sit in my in-laws home, surrounded by family of all ages, smelling amazing food cooking, it’s easy for me to generate a list of things that currently make me smile::
- Everyone in this home is physically healthy. (Which is a true gift; health is such a treasure, and yet is something that I frequently take for granted.)
- Everyone in this home is free of serious financial concerns. At a time when so many people are on the brink of loss, we can all afford to make an abundant meal, shop for sales on Black Friday (if that’s a desired activity to do), and be on vacation instead of at work.
- Everyone in this home is happy. I hear laughter from the toddlers and the adults, and I see everyone smile throughout the day.
- Everyone in this home is loving. While various individuals may have differences of opinion or preference, the dominant tone is a caring one.
And I could easily keep going. But I don’t think that’s necessary. My heart is full of appreciation, gratitude, and genuine thanks; a wonderful place to be on Thanksgiving Day, and indeed on any day.
If you celebrate Thanksgiving, I sincerely hope you and yours all have an amazing holiday. And if you don’t participate in Thanksgiving Day, I still hope your day is full of health, security, joy, and love. Peace.